DJ Zaz Brown – Mingle Music for Sophistos


I’d like to sincerely apologize to you all who tuned into my shows before. I did not realize that most of the tracks were recorded to Mono, robbing you of a good experience.

Now that I’ve gotten the technical mishaps out of the way, I went straight analog to give you all something jazzy to sip dark brown stuff too. Crush velvet jackets are optional but highly advised.

Got some heavy hitting artists doing their thing, providing a soundtrack for you to feel mackish to. Most of this is vinyl so I left in the snaps and pops for nostalgia. That’s how it should be unless you got it like that. I through one single from Smoke City in the mix off the digital (promo copy) but that was it. Outro was an amazing last minute find…part two is coming. It’s getting cold out so might as well give ya’ll something smooth to entertain other sophistos with.

Stay Tuned…

Track list:
Lalo Schifrin – Fortune Tellers
Dr. Buzzard/Original Savanna Band – Soraya/March of the Nignes
Billy Cobham – Bolinas
Roy Ayers – Don’t you Say No
Herb Alpert – The Factory
Herbie Hancock – Trust Me
Anita Baker – Mystery
Lonnie Liston Smith – Visions Of a World (Phases I & II)
Maynard Ferguson – The Cheshire Cat
Smoke City – Numbers
Ronnie Laws – Segue (from Solid Ground album)


Us and Us Episode 23


Us & Us: “Self-evident…”
A Motion Mixtape for Phuture Frequency
Transmitting from Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Supplying musical therapy by way of vinyl, CD, cassette, and MP3

“To be Black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.” – James Baldwin

This mix was inspired by a number of things, but primarily the murder of Trayvon Martin, the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, and the increased need for self-love in the weeks and months that followed. Other factors include the spirit of resistance, rebellion, and reflection during Black August as well as an Afrofuturism mix that King Britt put together a few months back which has taken up permanent residence within my MP3 player. Beyond that, as a music lover and a selector, sometimes you wonder what might happen if certain cuts got together and had an exchange, which pretty much describes Us & Us as a whole.

The piece featuring Dr. John is a Charles Mingus cover from a wonderful collection entitled *Weird Nightmare: Meditations On Mingus.* It came out in 1992 and was my introduction to Mingus’s work. If there’s anything that I’m thankful for in 2013, it’s learning about the cosmic blues of my new favorite artist, Lonnie Holley. I’ve been wanting to play the Menagerie cut for a while and I had to represent for the Donky Pitch label, particularly The Range, who can do no wrong in my eyes right now.

Always a blessing to come through and play some tunes for y’all. Hope you enjoy…

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(“am i clear…this morning, y’all? am i CLEAR…this mornin’, y’all?”)

Track list:
1. The Black Voices – We Must Love Black People [Ala]
2. Roy Brooks & The Artistic Truth – Black Survival [Soul Jazz]
3. Public Works – Do You Think It’s An Accident [Staalplaat]
4. Keyboard Kid 206 – Seattle Based Party [Donky Pitch]
5. High Priest – Soma 1128 [Mille Plateaux]
6. Shabazz Palaces – Free Press And Curl [Sub Pop]
7. Eddie Kendricks – My People…Hold On [Harmless]
8. J Dilla – People [Stones Throw]
9. Lonnie Holley – Looking For All (All Rendered Truth) [Dust-To-Digital]
10. Dr. John – Freedom [Columbia]
11. Wanda Robinson – Paranoia [Perception/Breathless]
12. Sekou Sundiata – Space [Mouth Almighty/Polygram]
13. Jasiri X – New Nat Turners [Bandcamp]
14. The Range – Jamie [Donky Pitch]
15. Nikki Giovanni – Introduction to In The Spirit of Martin [KBOO/Free Music Archive]
16. Menagerie – The Quietening [Tru Thoughts]
17. Twit One – Nile Cruise [Cosmic Co mpositions/Bandcamp]
18. Theo Parrish feat. Craig Huckaby – Black Music [Sound Signature]
19. Roberta Flack – Go Up Moses [Atlantic]
20. Dick Gregory – American History [Poppy]
21. Archie Shepp – Blues For Brother George Jackson [Harmless]
22. Phil Upchurch – Black Gold [Cadet]
23. Gary Bartz NTU Troop – The Drinking Song [Soul Jazz]
24. Attica Blues – 3ree (A Means To Be) {What Boundaries? Remix feat. The Antipop Consortium) [Mo' Wax]

Us and Us Episode 22


Us & Us: “Digging Is Therapy…”
A Motion Mixtape for Phuture Frequency, transmitting from Mount Vernon, New York, USA.
Supplying musical therapy by way of vinyl, CD, cassette, and MP3.

It never fails: I always end up spending more time with my vinyl once Record Store Day comes and goes. This all-vinyl mix includes some old favorites as well as new additions to the collection. The inclusion of Portishead was unexpectedly timely given their recent Glastonbury performance. I finally get a chance to represent for one of my favorite Talking Heads album cuts, plus the Theo Parrish/Tony Allen collaboration is a current favorite with me right now. In light of the recent passing of soul singer Darondo, I included Tall Black Guy’s re-edit of one of his songs. And Dilla’s shown some love through a Raymond Scott sample origin and a remix of “Waves” from the Donuts album. Not sure who was behind that, but respect is due: it’s b eautiful.

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Track list:
1. Salt-N-Pepa – Idle Chatter [Next Plateau]
2. Raymond Scott – Lightworks [Electronium]
3. Watts Little Angel Band – New Orleans / Land of A 1000 Dances [EM Records]
4. Bjork – I Miss You (Dobie Rub Part One – Sunshine Mix) [Elektra]
5. Louise Vertigo – Où Est La Femme? [Yellow Productions]
6. Portishead – Sour Times (Lot More Mix) [Go! Discs / FFRR]
7. Federation – Rusty James (Portishead Remix) [Mo' Wax]
8. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It? (Spirits) [Jive/RCA]
9. Prefuse 73 – Why I Love You (with Jenny Vasquez) [Warp]
10. Talking Heads – Seen And Not Seen [Sire]
11. Bullion – Don’t Talk (Close Your Eye) [white label]
12. Greg Tate – What Is Hip Hop? [Mouth Almighty/Polygram]
13. Leroy And The Drivers – The Sad Chicken [Luv N' Haight]
14. Jimi Tenor – Wear My Bikini [Warp]
15. Luv.Seven – Side B, Track 2 [Love Unlimited Vibes]
16. Wendy Rene – After Laughter (Comes Tears) [Light In The Attic]
17. Kemélions – Baboo’s Boofoo Orchin [BMG]
18. Dr. Buzzard’s Original “Savannah” Band – Hard Times [RCA]
19. De La Soul – Ain’t Hip To Be Labeled A Hippie [Tommy Boy]
20. DJ Smash – Bassanova [New Breed]
21. Giant Step – Satsuki [Eightball]
22. Quorum – Renegade Theme [Ubiquity]
23. Djinji Brown – Mojuba [Seven Heads]
24. Medeski Martin + Wood – Midnight Birds (SA-RA Remix) [Blue Note]
25. Theo Parrish And Tony Allen – Feel Loved [Wildheart Recordings]
26. Darondo – I Don’t Want To Leave feat. Tall Black Guy (Sure Know How To Love Me Re-Edit) [Luv N' Haight]
27. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti & Dâm-Funk – Baby [Light In The Attic]

Mr Bongo Brazilian Favourites


Starting a new show for Phuture Frequency’s ‘Motion Mixtapes’ podcast, Graham Luckhurst of the established Mr Bongo Records, takes you through an hour of his favourite Brazilian tracks.

Track list:
J Dilla – Brazilian Groove
Claudia – Deixa Eu Dizer
Dora Lopes – Tostao Nao Tem Troco
Nara Leao – Cacara
Odair Cabeca – Isso Que e Bonito
Quarteto Novo – Misturada
Wan Trio – Selvagem
Cizinha Pra Fazer – Um Samba
Wilson Simonal – Que Pena
Jorge Ben – Pula Bau
Claudia – Baoba
Padre Miguel – Só No Apito
Os Originais do Samba – Lá Vem Salgueiro
Cyro Aguiar – Rei do Maracatu
Clara Nunes – Moreno de Angola
Antonio Adollfo – Cascavel
Baden Powell & Mauricio Einhorn – Consolacao
Luis Carlos Vinhas – Ye Mele
Jorge Ben – Anjo Azul

Us & Us Episode 21


Us & Us: “a soundtrack for reluctant disciples…”
A Motion Podcast Episode for April 2013
Transmitting from Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Supplying musical therapy by way of vinyl, CD, cassette, and MP3

This is probably an odd way to reintroduce yourself after you’ve been away for several months, but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

An unconventional hymnal inspired by the Lenten season. Sermon excerpts from Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue and Bishop W. Darin Moore. Let us all rise for the call to worship.

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(“as time keeps on changing, at times you will find it unkind when your life’s rearranging, yet GOD IS AMAZING…”)

Track list:
1. John Rydgren (Silhouette Segments) – An Offering In Music [Silhouette]
2. Andy Mineo – Live From The Highest Rock: Basement Freestyle Vol. 2.5 [Young, Brash & Gifted]
3. Son House – John The Revelator [Biograph]
4. Pastor T.L. Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir – Medley: Dr. Watts Hymn / Disciples Prayer [Light In The Attic]
5. Rodena Preston & The Voices Of Deliverance – Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone [Birthright]
6. Oh.Bliv – Send It On Down [Just Plain Sounds]
7. Beautiful Eulogy – The String That Ties Us [Humble Beast]
8. Lecrae – Miconception (feat. Propaganda and Beautiful Eulogy) [Reach]
9. Beautiful Eulogy – Entitlement [Humble Beast]
10. Daru Jones – Everything Change pt3 [Bandcamp]
11. James Pants – The Eyes Of The Lord [Stones Throw]
12. Prince – The Work pt. 1 [Redline Entertainment]
13. The Gospel Soul Revivals – If Jesus Came Today [Numero Group]
14. Michael W . Smith – Looking Up [Reunion]
15. The Relatives – Evil World [Heavy Light]
16. Bela Fleck – Jesus Is The Only Answer [Rounder]
17. Propaganda – Forgive Me For Asking [Humble Beast]
18. MUTE – I Was In Hell (It Took Me) [blocSonic]
19. Daru Jones – Endure The Pain [Bandcamp]
20. 14KT – AsWe (Continue) [Mello Music Group]
21. Just Plain Ant – Love Is God [blocSonic]
22. Boogalu – Psalm 73 [Humble Beast]
23. Judy Mackenzie – New Song [Second Coming]
24. Gospel Artistics – Lord Is It I [Soul Jazz]
25. Tavares – The Judgement Day [Capitol]
26. The Hastings Street Jazz Experience – Yes Lord [Soul Jazz]
27. Fishbone – Iration [Columbia]

Us & Us Episode 20


Us & Us: “Within Reason…”
A Motion Podcast Episode for September 2012
Transmitting from Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Supplying musical therapy by way of vinyl, CD, cassette, and MP3

A lot going on in this one. Getting my free jazz on here and there with the likes of Don Cherry and RareBit, then moving more to the head nod side of things with Visioneers and

Shigeto. A little hip-hop, some soundtrack pieces, experimental cuts, as well as some next level instrumental science from the likes of Beat Inc., Keyboard Kid, and The Range.

Organized Konfusion checks in with DJ Spooky, a personal favorite from DJ Krush featuring C.L. Smooth, and Oddisee messes around with a Metronomy joint. Beyond that,

Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers team up as Rocket Juice & The Moon for a quick afrobeat interlude.

All that and a lot more. Just a little something to chill out to. Hope you enjoy it…

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Track list:
1. V/VM – Time For Reflection // Why? [V/VM]
2. Russ Burgess – Meditation [Russ Burgess]
3. Vladimir Cosma – Gorodish [Rykodisc]
4. Eddie Gale – Black Rhythm Happening [Blue Note]
5. Don Cherry – Teo-Teo-Can (excerpt) [Actuel/Charly]
6. RareBit – Convergence [Non Projects]
7. Visioneers – Swahililand [BBE]
8. Shigeto – Huron River Drive [Ghostly International]
9. Beat Inc. – Black Tea Morning [Original Cultures]
10. Shabazz Palaces – Recollections of the Wraith [Sub Pop]
11. DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid – Rekonstruction (Rhyme and Reason Mix) [Bar None]
12. Kemélions – Purple Oranges [Zoo Street]
13. The Prunes – Somethin’ Funky [New Breed]
14. DJ Krush – Only The Strong Survive (with C.L. Smooth) [Mo' Wax]
15. Sharpshooters – Heavyweight (Round 1) [Conception]
16. T-Love – Witch-Bitch? (The B-Girl Anthem) (Acapella) [Ninja Tune]
17. Willie Hutch – Ain’t That (Mellow , Mellow) [Motown]
18. Rocket Juice & The Moon – Forward Sweep [Honest Jon's Records]
19. Tangerine Dream – Starting The Day Off Right [Varèse Sarabande]
20. Saturn Never Sleeps – Hearts On Fire [Saturn Never Sleeps]
21. Jesse Futerman – What Have I Got? (feat. DJ Alibi) [Bandcamp]
22. Mo Kolours – Temi [One Handed Music]
23. Steve Reich – Come Out [Elektra/Nonesuch]
24. Laurel Halo – Wow [Hyperdub]
25. Plastikman – Okx [Novamute]
26. Galapagoose – Weight [Magical Properties]
27. Keyboard Kid – Life’s Real World 2 Gil [Southern Hospitality]
28. Oddisee – The Gold Is Mine [Bandcamp]
29. The Range – Nothing Left [Donky Pitch]
30. Beastie Boys – Twenty Questions [Capitol]
31. Joakim – Peter Pan Over The Bronx [!K7]

Us & Us Episode 19


Us & Us: “Love And Some 45s…”
A Motion Podcast Episode for May 2012
Transmitting from Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Supplying musical therapy by way of vinyl, CD, cassette, and MP3

Inspired by Record Store Day 2012, this show is an all seven-inch vinyl set. Most of them spinning at 45 rpm, others running at 33-1/3. Some soul, some funk, some jazz, and some other stuff as well. Served up freeform style. Hope you enjoy it, snaps, crackles, pops and all. Not a safe one for work, but fun just the same.

FYI: The MCs featured on “Showtime” by Big Dada Sound are Ty, Roots Manuva, Juice Aleem, Mike Ladd, and Toastie Taylor. And the Martin Luther King PSA at the end? That’s from a 7″, too…

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Track list:
1. NOMO and Shawn Lee – Upside Down [Ubiquity]
2. Continental Four – Escape From Planet Earth [Jay-Walking]
3. Alan Mills – I Know An Old Lady [Scholastic]
4. A-Trak – Enter Ralph Wiggum [Stones Throw]
5. B.W. Souls – Marvins Groove [Round]
6. The Meters – Here Comes The Meter Man [Josie]
7. The Last Poets – On The Subway [Douglas]
8. SirOJ – Castlevania [Organik]
9. Jim Timmens feat. Patty Lakin – A Purr Is Furry [Columbia]
10. Ohio Players – Ecstasy [Westbound]
11. Big Dada Sound – Showtime [Big Dada]
12. Johnny “Hammond” Smith – Dirty Apple [Prestige]
13. Sun City Girls – Napoleon & Josephine (Part Two) [Scratch]
14. Sun City Girls – Souvenirs From Jangare [Majora]
15. Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking [Gibbs]
16. Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm [Techniques]
17. Jim Timmens feat. Mike McKean and the Carrillon Singers – London Bridge [Columbia]
18. Hedonic Islands – Alien Abduction (feat. Dudley Perkins and Georgia Anne Muldrow) [Gematria]
19. Little Beaver – Six Foot Hole [Cat]
20. Bobby Womack – Daylight [United Artists]
21. Vicelounge w/Dee Ferguson – Dear Man (original mix) [Record Breakin']
22. James Brown – Superbad, Superslick (Part I) [Polydor]
23. Spinnerty – Time To Cut (feat. Miles Bonny) [Record Breakin']
24. Ezekiel Honig – Past Tense Kitchen Movement [Anticipate]
25. Hrvatski – Bad Raum [Tonschacht]
26. Benoit Pioulard – Maginot [Blue Flea]
27. Eddie Harris – Theme In Search Of A Movie [Atlantic]
28. The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Light My Fire [Warner Bros.-Seven Arts]
29. Astrud Gilberto – Take It Easy My Brother Charlie [BBE]